Encyclopedia Astronautica
2000.04.27 - ISS Status Report: ISS 00-17

International Space Station (ISS) flight controllers have resumed routine operations watching over systems and cycling onboard batteries, while awaiting word on the next available launch opportunity for Space Shuttle Atlantis. That decision is expected late today or early tomorrow.

Following three launch attempts this week, shuttle and station managers met this morning to formulate a plan that would protect launch opportunities anytime starting next week through the end of May. The plan will be briefed tomorrow morning.

Presently, Russian flight controllers are developing a detailed plan for using thrusters on the Zarya module to raise the Station's orbit as early as Saturday, if necessary.

The current orbit of the ISS is 227 by 211 miles (365 x 339 kilometers). The average decay of the Station's orbit is about 1½ miles per week. As of midday today, the ISS has circled the Earth more than 8,200 times since November 1998.

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